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Blazers fly into final

December 27, 2001

Blazers fly into final



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent
Clear Spring 51, Hancock 43

CLEAR SPRING (51)

J. Everitts 12, Timmons 2, C. Everitts 9, Haupt 6, Gladhill 16, Worthington 2, Reed 4. Totals 20 11-16 51.

HANCOCK (43)

Fling 27, Robair 9, Wills 5, Poffenberger 2. Totals 16 9-11 43.

Clear Spring17111013-51

Hancock1011913-43

Three-point goals - Hancock 4 (Robair 3, Fling). Fouled out - Worthington. Technical foul - Worthington.

S. Fulton 62, B. Springs 51

SOUTHERN FULTON (62)

Bernhard 15, Clingerman 1, Meyer 4, Steach 4, Wills 10, Whiteside 19, Keebaugh 9. Totals 25 8-15 62.

BERKELEY SPRINGS (51)

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Bosley 18, Burch 18, Gigliotti 6, Omps 9. Totals 21 7-8 51.

Southern Fulton12131423-62

Berkeley Springs811923-51

Three-point goals - Southern Fulton 4 (Bernhard 3, Meyer). Berkeley Springs 2 (Burch 2).



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - If you are going to walk a tightrope, it is probably a good idea to work with a net.

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The Clear Spring boys basketball team certainly aren't the Flying Wallendas, but the Blazers walked the tightrope Wednesday in their 51-43 opening round win over Hancock in the 16th Annual Great Tri-State Rotary Shootout.

Clear Spring will face defending champion Southern Fulton tonight at 7:30 in the championship game. The Indians outran tournament host Berkeley Springs 62-51 behind Will Whiteside's 19 points.

Hancock and Berkeley Springs will play in the consolation game at 6.

"We are real happy to get into that game tomorrow," Blazers coach Don Harnish said. "It has been a while since we have played in that game."

The Blazers made sure they would return to their first tournament final since 1994 by combining a patient offense with the nearly flawless guard play of brothers Chris and Jeremy Everitts, who combined for 21 points and kept Hancock's fastbreak ability to a minimum.

"We stayed pretty patient for the most part," Harnish said. "But when our guys got that lead, they sort of got out of the game plan. Luckily we were able to hit our foul shots."

When things got tight, Clear Spring relied on its safety net, Tucker Gladhill. Gladhill, a consistent player around the perimeter, was forced to go inside to match up with the Panthers' 6-foot-5 center Brandon Fling when Clear Spring's own big man, Will Worthington, got into foul trouble.

It was a challenge he handled with a gutsy determination.

"We knew a player of Fling's caliber would get his points," Harnish said. "But when (Worthington) got in foul trouble, we worried about neutralizing the boards. Tucker helped us greatly to do that."

"We tried to fight for every rebound in there," Gladhill said. "But I think the key factor was that we stopped their guys from hitting the 3s. When (Hancock) does that consistently, they can bury you."

Hancock's Chris Robair did nail two 3s in the fourth quarter bringing the Panthers to within three with just over a minute to play.

Each time, though, the Blazers answered back. When the Panthers began to foul, Clear Spring hit 7 of 9 attempts.

"We were missing our point guard tonight," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "We really acted like we didn't know what to do on offense."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the nightcap, Southern Fulton took control late in the third quarter and finally put Berkeley Springs to rest in the fourth.

Whiteside consistently kept Berkeley Springs on its heels with his laser passing and uncanny knack for getting open in the lane.

Whiteside did have a frightening moment in the first quarter as he drove the lane, collided with another player in midair and crashed to the floor on the back of his head and neck.

He was helped to the bench but returned halfway through the second quarter.

Southern Fulton built an 11-point lead only to see Berkeley Springs cut it to 25-23 just minutes into the second half. But Southern Fulton's rebounding and steady mixing of defenses seemingly puzzled Berkeley Springs late in the game.

Shane Bosley and Rocky Burch each had 18 points for Berkeley Springs. Lance Bernhard had 15 points for Southern Fulton.

 

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